Program description

The Summer Student Program is designed to help students understand the nature of research science. The emphasis of this program is on methods of discovery and communication of knowledge, not the mastery of established facts.


Independent research

Under the guidance of a mentor, students integrate into an ongoing research program, develop an independent project, implement their plan, analyze the data and report their results. At the end of the summer, students present their findings to researchers, peers and parents.

Dynamic students

Each year, the program consists of about 30 students from around the United States, from both high school and undergraduate institutions. Their varied interests and backgrounds create a lively, well-rounded atmosphere at The Jackson Laboratory.

Stimulating environment

Nestled on the border of Acadia National Park, The Jackson Laboratory is surrounded with possibilities for outdoor adventure. Between hiking, swimming, biking and bird watching, employees and locals are continuously inspired by the pristine landscape.